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December 14, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(24):1612-1613. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470500040007

At the present time perhaps more than at any former period in our modern civilization the public has grasped the idea of physical culture and its advantages. The notion that symmetrical development of the body is a safeguard against disease and a cure for existing disorders is widespread and, as Dr. Newman points out in a recently published paper,1 is being exploited in all quarters as the grand cure-all to the disparagement of drugs and doctors. The injustice of it is, as he says, that so broad a truth, taught for so many years by our profession, should just now "be hailed as a new discovery and the credit given to mercenary outsiders." The fault is nevertheless largely our own; while we have prescribed exercise, massage, etc., in a general way we have left the details and even the oversight of them to others as unworthy of our attention.